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Peek at the LAST WEEK

It is very hard to believe that the last week of school is here! Below is some information to be aware of through this last week:

*Corn Seed – last week at the Corn Maze, the kids each planted their own ornamental corn seed (if they participated in the seed planting activity). This is a real corn seed, but it supposedly grows the multicoloured kernel style ornamental corn that you can use for decoration. Just so you are aware that it is a real seed that can grow!

*If you have not already done so, please return any missing library books AND both the blue Home Reading Duotang WITH the home reading book ASAP. A friendly reminder email was sent out last week to those who still need to hand in their library book.

*Students will be bringing home their work from this past year on Wednesday this week (I think I previously said Tuesday). Please be sure to send a sturdy, reusable bag (preferable not a plastic grocery bag as they tend to be too small and rip easily from the sharp corners of the books) by Wednesday for your child to bring home their work.

*Wednesday we are having a year end pizza party in kindergarten! If you would like to send other food/snacks for your child you are welcome to.

*Thursday is the last day of school! Report cards will be sent home in your child’s backpack.

*Wednesday June 26 – Activity Day at 12:15 PM – kindergarten students are welcome to attend, however parents/guardians must stay with them the whole time and can not just drop them off unsupervised.

Peek at the Last Couple Weeks

Calgary Corn Maze – Wednesday June 12
– drop off is at the regular time at the kindergarten doors (as per usual)
– pick up is at 2:30 PM at the kindergarten doors. We will wait with any kids who can’t be picked up until 2:45 when school is normally done. Please make any necessary arrangements for your child as needed (daycare, dayhome, etc).
please be sure to check the weather so your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as we will likely be outside for most of the day: layers, jackets/sweaters, hats, proper shoes (in case of mud, rain, puddles, etc.), sunscreen (applied at home before coming to school).
– please send a good lunch AND snacks for your child as we will be at the Corn Maze all day.
– please send a water bottle for your child.

**Please send a large reusable bag on MONDAY, JUNE 17 for your child’s school things to bring home.

Transition Morning – Wednesday June 19
– every class in the school gets to rotate through each of the classes of their next grade. Our kinder kids will have the opportunity to meet the other Grade 1 teachers, get a sneak peak at the things they’ll get to do next year, and have a look at the Grade 1 classrooms.

Pizza Party – Wednesday June 19
– as a special treat for the kiddos, we will have a pizza party to celebrate our final days in Kindergarten together!

Last Day of School – Thursday June 20
– report cards will be sent home with your child.

Activity Day – Wednesday June 26
12:15 – 2:15 PM
– Even though kindergarten is technically finished, students are still welcome to join in on the fun at Activity Day at Ralph McCall!
– If your child would like to participate in Activity Day, please be aware that a parent/caregiver must stay with them the whole time. They can not be dropped off.

Peek at the Week

SHAPES
Earlier this year, the kids learned about 2D or “flat” shapes. Today we started looking at 3D or “fat” shapes. We did a hunt around our classroom for some 3D shapes, then went on a walk around the school to find even more! The kids challenge today is to find some 3D shapes at home to share with the class tomorrow. Please leave a comment below with some of the items you found together and what the 3D shape is! 

FIELD TRIP
Field trip forms and payment (online please!) is due this Wednesday, June 5th. The field trip to the Calgary Corn Maze is next Wednesday, June 12.

BOOK ORDERS
Book order deadline is this Thursday, June 6. Check your child’s mailbag today for the book order.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  – Last day of school for kindergarten is Thursday, June 20th and Report Cards will be sent home then with your child.

 

Peek @ the Week

This week was another busy one, but learned many new things along with practicing things we have already learned. The kids have been practicing printing their names for a long time, but now we’re upping the game a bit by learning to print their names with proper title case (first letter is uppercase and the rest are lower case). This is something they can practice at home too! Also don’t forget to start ALL your letters from the top!!

Ms. Smiley, our student teacher from Mount Royal University, taught another lesson about jobs and how they help our community. The kids then journaled about a job by drawing an action that the job requires. Some drew police officers catching bad guys or handing out speeding tickets; bakers baking cakes for people to eat in case they didn’t have the ingredients or the time to make one themselves…. many creative ideas! I am definitely looking forward to our Community Day in a couple weeks where the kids will learn more about different jobs and how they impact our community.

Important Info

* For our Spring Concert on Thursday, April 11th, we need some headbands made for the kids to wear. If you are able to volunteer to help with this, please email me!

* Since the weather is looking rather AMAZING next week, we will hopefully be able to go outside to play and enjoy the sun. Please make sure that your child has an extra pair of clothes/socks in their backpacks in case of puddle incidents!

Coming Up…

March 18 – NO SCHOOL!
March 19 – Music and Library
March 21 – Crazy Sock Day in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Day!
March 27 – Community Day
March 28 – Report Cards go home

 

Peek @ the Week(s)

Things have been busy in kindergarten the last couple weeks!

We have continued to learn more letters, so now we have learned how to print the upper & lowercase and also how the letter sounds for the following: F E D P B R N M H K L U V W X and Y. Continuing to practice these letters at home is a great way to reinforce concepts learned at school!

Subitizing is a fancy word for recognizing an amount without counting it individually (for example, using dice). The kids enjoy playing dice war with their friends! We are also going to start learning more about numbers 1-10 and how they can be represented in different ways (tally marks, 10 frames, etc.)

This last week, we started learning about our community with our student teacher, Ms. Smiley. We started with brainstorming what we already know or think about communities, what kinds of things we see and jobs around our community, and why they are important to our community. Ms. Smiley gave the kids a challenge to learn what their parents do for their jobs and how it can help our community. With your child, leave a comment below explaining what they learned about your (parents/grandparents) job and we can share it with the class next week!

Coming Up
– A few parents were having trouble receiving confirmation emails for subscription to the blog. I contacted the IT people and hopefully has been fixed. If you still haven’t received an email confirming your subscription, please let me know and I’ll fix it for you.

– TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND! Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD an hour on Saturday night!

– Home Reading will be sent home hopefully this next week!

– Community Day Form – a form was sent home this week looking for parents who would be willing to participate in our Community Day and share about their job. Please return the bottom half of the form (keep the top half so you have the information!) by Wednesday, March 13th!

– Tuesday: library and music

Peek @ the Week

I would say I’m tired of this cold weather, but we have been so spoiled so far! However, this cold weather can move on now…

I hope everyone has had a great week, despite the bitter cold! I can’t believe January is already done… and we’re nearly halfway through February! This week was Parent/Teacher Conferences, and it was great to meet some of you. For those who I haven’t officially met yet, please know that if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, or anything I am very open so contact me at any time! I may not respond on the weekends, but I will get back to you ASAP 🙂

Over the last couple weeks, we have wrapped up our sorting unit, where the kids learned to sort various items into groups based on a sorting rule (ex. I sorted them based on colour/shape/size/etc). They also needed to identify what the sorting rule was from presorted groups…. which was sometimes a bit trickier! This is something they can continue to practice at home as they will continue to do sorting and more in Grade 1. This week, we learned a new word: SUBITIZING. A big word that lots of adults don’t even know about! Ask your child what it means and see if they can tell you 🙂 We will be playing lots of fun games with dice and cards to practice subitizing. There is a Subitizing Game in the Games & Activities tab at the top menu bar. 

Daily 5 – We have been practicing Read to Self during Daily 5 times and building up stamina to stay on task the whole time. So far we are at 4 minutes as whole group, and will continue to practice! We have also been learning about choosing Good Choice Books for the kids book boxes, that they can change as needed. I have a MASSIVE library of my own at home, so leave a comment below with books and topics that interest you, and I’ll try and bring some to school!
Some parents have asked about reading with their kids at home. In kindergarten, it is not in the curriculum to learn how to read, however reading is SO IMPORTANT and can be done in many ways! Under the “Helpful Resources” tab in the menu bar, click on “Tips and Tricks for Parents” and there a number of ways you can read with your child at home. One way that isn’t mentioned there is to do a letter hunt through the book. We are learning different letters (uppercase, lower case and sounds) in class, so they can even choose a letter and then do a hunt through the book to find words that start with that letter. Lots of ideas! But regular reading at home is a very important habit to start now to help foster a love for reading!

I Am Unique – we will continue working on our Cree Star Blankets by drawing something that is unique to each of us on the diamonds that will be used to create the star. This last week, they kids designed 2 diamonds with something that they were interested in. The remaining diamonds will be a self-portrait, country they are from, favourite colour, name, and talents/gifts. These would be great to talk about at home to continue the conversation from school as well as help your child have a good understanding about themselves and what makes them unique/special.

Coming Up:
* Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Library & Music
* Thursday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day – students can bring in cards for all of the students in the class and we will have a class party. Snacks will be provided.
* Friday, Feb. 15 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Learning Day for staff)
* Feb. 18-22 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

Peek at the Week

This week we continued to work on sorting rules by one attribute, like colour, size and shape. Some of the kids tried to challenge themselves by sorting by a different attribute each time, and some came up with some really cool sorting rules! We are going to continue next week by sorting them ourselves using an attribute, but also identifying WHAT the rule is when it’s already sorted!

We also continued talking more about ways that make us unique. The kids all presented their Special Name homework about what their name means and where it came from. It was so interesting to learn where everyones names came from! Some were cultural, some were generational, some had special meanings… but all were chosen SPECIAL for each child which is what makes us unique! We also journaled about each of our special interests: some were interested in sharks, science, unicorns, gumballs, puppies, kittens, how mail is delivered, nature and many more! I’m going to have to raid my own library at home to bring in some books on these topics for the kids to learn more!!

Coming Up:

– Monday January 28: Dress Like a Word Day – choose something that starts with the same letter as your name (ex. Alex could dress up like an Apple)
– Tuesday January 29: Library (don’t forget your books!) and Music
– Wednesday January 30: School Talent Show at 1pm

Have a great weekend with your families!

Mrs. Plett

Peek at the Week

Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had another great week at school and a wonderful weekend together with your families!

This last week was another busy one! We have lots going on over the next few weeks especially, so our days have been jam packed. We are continuing to work on sorting in math by using one attribute and some even try to challenge themselves by using two attributes!

We are also continuing to learn more “Frog Jump Letters”; this week focusing on R and N. The kids had a good time learning what a Narwhal is and what a funny looking creature they are with their long unicorn-style horn…. which we learned is actually a long tooth! So far they have learned how to properly print both upper and lower case letters for Ff Ee Dd Pp Bb Rr Nn. Don’t forget to always start your letters at the top! 

This week we talked more about what the word “unique” means and how being unique is something special to each of us. We read the story “Chrysanthemum” about a little girl who had a unique name, but was something that made her very special. The kids brought home a sheet to fill out with their parents about what their name is and where it came from. Each of our parents chose our names special for us and it’s always interesting where the names came from! Please send the Name Homework tomorrow in your child’s mailbag if you haven’t done so already. The kids will start sharing about their names over the next couple days.

The class started learning about Daily 5 in December and we have continued to practice the first part this week. The kids learned about what a Good Choice book is, what is expected of us when we Read to Self, and then actually practiced choosing books, finding a spot around the class and reading on our own. So far as a whole class, we’re sitting at around 2.5 minutes where EVERYONE is on task the whole time, and we’re going to continue working on building stamina to read even longer! We’ll continue practicing Read to Self, choose books for their own book bins, and soon will open a new Listen to Reading centre! I am going to need a couple class librarians to help make sure the class library stays tidy and organized, so I’m going to be looking for kids who regularly treat books respectfully, are responsible, make good choices, and are willing to help!

Coming Up…

– Name Homework due Tomorrow!
– Book Orders due Thursday, January 24th
– Word Day on January 28th – Students will dress like something that starts with the same letter as their name
– Monday: Reading Buddies with 3Peterson
– Tuesday: Library and Music

Challenge: tell your parents what a Good Choice book is and what are some Good Choice books for you!